Be still, and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10 NKJV
A little bird was flying south for the winter, but the air became so cold that it began to freeze. The bird collapsed in a large field where a herd of cows were grazing. Eventually, a cow came by and dropped manure on the freezing bird. At first, the bird was very upset, until it felt how warm the manure was. Before too long, it began to thaw out and became so excited that it started singing with joy.
A cat happened to be passing by and heard the bird’s joyful song. He followed the sound to the pile of manure and started digging until he discovered the little bird and promptly ate it.
There are a number of lessons we can learn from this little story. First, not everybody who drops manure on you is your enemy. Second, not everybody who digs you out is your friend. Finally, when you’re in manure, keep your mouth shut.
If we live long enough, each one of us will find ourselves in a situation that seems much worse than we can bear. To follow the story line above, we’ll feel as though we are under a pile of manure. However, if our expectations are set on Jesus Christ and His providential care, we won’t stumble at the thought of going through a time of trial. In fact, we’ll have His hope to comfort us even in what appears to be a hopeless situation. If you feel as though you are in a horrendous situation, be still before the Lord. Seek Him in prayer and wait for His will to unfold before you. Don’t rush ahead because He will come to you.
In His Name
The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold. – Job 42:10
If you are familiar with the story of Job, you will recall that Job’s friends were not that friendly to him at all. In fact, when Job was at the worst of times, his friends judged, griped, criticized, accused and more. For Job, praying “for his friends” involved a lot more than asking God to bless those he loved and considered dear. It involved a significant amount of forgiveness, acceptance, humility and love. It also involved faith.
It wasn’t until after Job showed grace and kindness to those who had brought him pain during his greatest moments of pain that God restored him. This is because Job had obeyed the law of love and asked God to give His goodness to others. When Job did that, God gave goodness to Job as well.
Learning to wait well with patience involves learning how to put into practice the regularity of living as a child of God. It means putting into practice those things we already know.
Working as unto the Lord, even if it’s not your favorite place to work. Honoring the authority over you, even if you don’t particularly like or respect that authority. Bearing with one another’s burdens, even when you feel weighted down by your own.
Do what God has already said to do. Then watch Him usher you straight out of your detour and into your destiny.
In His Name